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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Read more
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

The Master's degree in Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management aims to equip health and social care professionals and others, including new and recent graduates who contribute or plan to contribute to the strategically important area of long term and chronic conditions management.

Key Features of Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management

Performance:

- Since its inception in 2007, the programme has consistently produced successful, high achieving postgraduates

Teaching and Employability:

- Taught by experienced academics many of whom are also qualified teachers, research active and have a wealth of professional experience in chronic conditions
- Students have the opportunity to develop a bespoke programme relevant to their particular interest and/or speciality
- Students have a choice for their dissertation option, including the novel opportunity to draft a paper to be submitted for publication
- Students can take advantage of inter-professional learning in small groups and the opportunity to study with international students and those enrolled on other Masters programmes

The increasing burden of chronic illness is one of the greatest challenges facing health systems globally. In the UK, approximately 18 million people live with a long term or chronic condition and this number is expected to double by 2030. Approximately 80% of GP consultations, 60% of days spent in hospital and two thirds of all emergency hospital admissions are associated with chronic conditions (Department of Health 2004).

Managing long term and chronic conditions currently accounts for almost 70% of the NHS budget and these costs are projected to increase significantly given the ageing population and escalating risk factors such as obesity and inactivity.

Long term and chronic conditions can have profound and far reaching implications on all aspects of peoples’ lives and can present patients (and families) with a spectrum of needs.

People living with a long term or chronic condition require support, care and rehabilitation from a wide range of professionals in health, social and voluntary care sectors. In addition, effective health promotion, prevention, self-care and self-management will help ensure that chronic illnesses are avoided wherever possible and that people are more informed to safely and effectively manage their health and wellbeing.

This requires complex responses over extended periods of time, coordinated, proactive and collaborative input from the health, social care and voluntary sectors, patients, carers and lay personnel (as in the Expert Patient Programme). These need to be optimally embedded with systems which actively promote and support sustainable stakeholder collaboration and patient empowerment.

Modules

Modules on the Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management programme typically include:

• Theory and Practice of Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management
• Foundations in Health Promotion
• Foundations in Research
• Health Psychology of Long Term and Chronic Illness
• Social Aspects of Long Term and Chronic Illness
• The Management of Parkinson's Disease-Related Conditions
• Foundations in Public Health and Primary Health Care
• Partnerships, Public Health and Epidemiology
• Public Health Practice
• Chronic Condition Management: Diabetes
• Advancing Practice in End of Life Care
• Assistive Technology in Health and Social Care
• Politics and Policies
• Theory and Practice of Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care
• Applied Anatomy and Pathophysiology for Long Term Chronic Conditions Management
• Chronic Pain Management

Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management Course Structure

The MSc Long Term and Chronic Conditions is designed to be both multi-disciplinary and inter-professional and thereby mirror long term and chronic condition management within the National Health Service (NHS) and government initiatives.

This course is structured as either a one year full-time or three year part-time modular taught Master's degree. The core structure is based around a holistic approach to long term and chronic conditions management, coupled with research.

The Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management programme offer students the flexibility to choose a “bespoke” path that enables them to develop personally and professionally relevant qualifications with a range of optional modules on offer.

Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management students can ‘drill down’ within their specialist area, for example, health promotion, leadership or cancer rehabilitation.

Career Prospects

Current and previous Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management students have roles as nurses, physiotherapists, podiatrists, Occupational Therapists, chiropractors, physicians and health science graduates.

Many have secured new roles in healthcare whilst studying or on completion of the programme, and others have or are considering progressing to doctoral level studies or further professional qualifications.

Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management students have presented work at national conferences and have published work or are in the process of doing so.

Staff Expertise

Programme Director, Dr Tessa Watts, has expertise in supporting self-management and has completed the Health Foundation’s Advanced Development Programme for Practitioners. Tessa is also co-chair of the Chronic Conditions Research group in the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University, and publishes primarily in the areas of cancer, palliative care and healthcare education.

Dr Sherrill Snelgrove has expertise in chronic pain management. Sherrill is co-chair of the Chronic Conditions Research group, alongside Tessa, and publishes in the area of chronic pain management.

Dr Jaynie Rance is a chartered Health Psychologist with particular expertise in lifestyle behaviour change.

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience.

In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.

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This course provides education and training in research and clinical skills relevant to people’s physical and psychological rehabilitation, chronic illness and disability. Read more

Overview

This course provides education and training in research and clinical skills relevant to people’s physical and psychological rehabilitation, chronic illness and disability.

Is this for you?

The course is designed for psychology graduates and those working as part of a multidisciplinary team as assistant psychologists, or conducting rehabilitation research in healthcare settings.

It is also suitable as a preparation for clinical psychology training. There is a focus on clinical application throughout the course: how to use what you learn in practical settings.

What will you gain?

On the MSc in Rehabilitation Psychology you will:

• Learn about the impact of physical illness and disability on psychological functioning
• Understand issues related to assessment, rehabilitation and recovery of people with physical illness and disability
• Develop in-depth knowledge about rehabilitation for people with neurological conditions
• Evaluate evidence about the effectiveness of rehabilitation
• Develop the ability to apply psychological knowledge within a rehabilitation context
• Receive training in research and clinical skills relevant to working as a psychologist in healthcare and research
• Design and conduct a research project in your area of interest

On graduation, you will have received a thorough grounding the relevant theories, and be able to work more effectively in rehabilitation settings. By expanding your research skills you will also be able to engage in evidence-based clinical practice in your future career.

Why Nottingham?

The MSc Rehabilitation Psychology benefits from the Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing's established expertise in areas such as chronic illness, neuropsychological rehabilitation, complex interventions and web-based research. Our teaching is informed by current research. We believe that research and teaching should be developed and delivered together, to help students and staff make a difference in the real world. We are proud to welcome a truly international community and, although this course provides training in skills that are relevant to the UK’s National Health Service, it will also provide an excellent foundation in Rehabilitation Psychology for international students.

Teaching methods

Teaching is delivered by a wide range of staff and guest lecturers, including local clinical psychologists and other multidisciplinary clinicians. Some modules are shared with students on other courses such as the MSc in Health Psychology as well as other courses within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. However, the MSc in Rehabilitation Psychology is distinct in its focus on issues related to rehabilitation.

The MSc in Rehabilitation Psychology is delivered on a full-time basis over one year or part-time over two years.

Modules

You will study the following modules during the course:

• Clinical Skills
• Assessment of Cognitive Function
• Stroke
• Introduction in Research Methods
• Cognitive Rehabilitation and Evaluation
• Theoretical Foundations of Rehabilitation
• Qualitative Research Methods
• Quantitative Methods

Please note that all module details are subject to change.
During the second semester and during the summer period you will undertake a rehabilitation research project. This is your opportunity to complete a piece of professional applied research under the supervision of a suitably experienced member of academic staff.

Career Opportunities

The MSc in Rehabilitation Psychology will be of value to psychology graduates who have an interest in working in healthcare settings, as psychology assistants conducting research in rehabilitation and healthcare, or as a preparation for clinical psychology training.

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How do people stay healthy, why do people become ill and what happens when people become ill? This engaging course addresses these questions by examining the psychological influences on health and wellbeing. Read more
How do people stay healthy, why do people become ill and what happens when people become ill? This engaging course addresses these questions by examining the psychological influences on health and wellbeing. Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and meeting its standards for stage 1 of the training to become a health psychologist, the MSc takes a scientist-practitioner approach, giving students an excellent grounding in both research methodology and professional and practical skills.


Why study Health Psychology MSc at Middlesex?

We focus on supporting your future employability by helping you develop a range of professional, research and transferable skills through teaching, workshops and a placement. An exciting combination of health psychologists, clinical psychologists, other health professionals and leading researchers teach this course. You will learn how health psychologists apply psychological research and methods to promote health, aid the prevention and management of illness, help with the identification of psychological factors contributing to physical illness.

During this programme, you will study health-related behaviour, addiction and treatment; public health, health promotion and behaviour change interventions; stress and stress management; chronic illness and its management; working with patients in the health care system, research methods and professional issues.

A £3,000 scholarship is available for September 2014 entry. Please see our scholarships page for more information.

Course highlights:

- The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as providing stage1 of the training to become a Health Psychologist.
- It is one of only a few MSc Health Psychology programmes in the UK to offer a health psychology placement. Examples of the placements we currently offer include smoking cessation, addiction management, obesity management, cancer screening, chronic illness management, health promotion, stroke prevention.
- You will participate in teaching and workshops on practical aspects of health psychology such as smoking cessation and motivational interviewing.
- You will be taught by health and clinical psychologists and a range of other health professionals who are experts in their field through research and/or work as practitioners.
- Our purpose-built science building houses state-of-the-art computer and psychophysiology laboratories. Training is given in the use of psychophysiology equipment, in the science laboratories.

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The Biomedical Engineering (BME) program seeks to prepare graduate engineers to face 21st-century challenges by advancing student understanding of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human injury, disease and the health complications associated with aging as they work to improve human health through advances in healthcare and medicine. Read more
The Biomedical Engineering (BME) program seeks to prepare graduate engineers to face 21st-century challenges by advancing student understanding of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human injury, disease and the health complications associated with aging as they work to improve human health through advances in healthcare and medicine.

The master's degree program prepares students for careers in the biotechnology industry and medical/healthcare centers or providers of medical/healthcare technology.

Doctoral students will also develop a detailed understanding of the operation of the health care industry, preparing them for academic or industry careers related to medical technology, as well as the background necessary to pursue an entrepreneurial role in medical/healthcare technology. To assist students in pursuing new ventures, incubator space and technology transfer mechanisms are available.

In 2014, the first two doctoral graduates of this program went on to postdoctoral work at Pennsylvania State University, and a permanent position at American Systems in Washington D.C.

Educational Objectives

The goal of biomedical engineers is to improve human health through advances in healthcare and medicine. This includes advancing our understanding of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human injury, disease and the health complications associated with physiologic and sociologic factors such as aging, environment and diet. In this regard, we are living in an exciting time. In the last two decades or so we have witnessed, among numerous achievements, the decoding of the entire human genome, the birth of proteomic methods, the maturation of computerized tomography, dramatic advances in imaging and sensing technologies, the culture of stem cells, and advances in biomaterials that may eventually enable us to engineer tissues and even organs. Altogether, these achievements have dramatically augmented our potential for improving health care. However, addressing how to use these basic science research advances for improved health care represents a major challenge for biomedical engineers of the coming generation.
Chronic illness is now a dominant issue in health care, consuming vast sums of healthcare dollars, personnel and facilities usage. This situation will only be exacerbated over the coming decades with the aging of the population. As a result, improvements in our ability to prevent, diagnose, and treat chronic illness, and to do so at reasonable cost, has become a focus of the national healthcare agenda. Accordingly, the goal of the biomedical engineering program at Binghamton University is to prepare graduate engineers to face not only these new 21st century challenges, but also to advance new technologies for better healthcare.

MS and PhD applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university which you attended
- Two letters of recommendation
- Personal statement of no longer than one page describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
- Official GRE scores

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

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Research supervision available in wide range of issues. Major research fields. Read more
Research supervision available in wide range of issues. Major research fields: general interest (aspects of chronic illness, terminal and life threatening illnesses; quality of life, quality of care; developing and implementing evidence based healthcare; evaluation studies; health provision in developing and restructuring countries); health and policy studies (applied physiology, health education and health promotion; sociology and psychology of health and illness); nursing and midwifery (advanced practice, community nursing, health provision for ethnic minority community members); mental health; oncology and palliative care; speech and language therapy (acquired speech and language problems, bi-lingualism, child development, teaching).

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The course follows the framework for professional training in health psychology developed by the Division of Health Psychology of the British Psychological Society. Read more
The course follows the framework for professional training in health psychology developed by the Division of Health Psychology of the British Psychological Society. The MSc aims to give you an overview of health psychology with a focus on the methodologies and models underpinning health research and practice. Consideration of ethical and professional issues is central to the course.

Core modules include: Health Psychology Core Issues, Communication Issues in Health Care Settings, The Impact and Experience of Chronic Illness, Applications of Health Psychology, Research Methods Awareness, Research Methods in Health Psychology and a Dissertation.

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​Health psychology focuses on the roles of psychology, biology and social or environmental factors on health and health related behaviour. Read more

Course Overview

​Health psychology focuses on the roles of psychology, biology and social or environmental factors on health and health related behaviour. Health psychologists promote healthier lifestyles and seek to improve well-being by understanding the impact that health related thoughts, feelings and behaviour can have on the individual. Health strategy has been shifting from the treatment of disease to the maintenance of health and prevention of illness. This is particularly important in the Welsh context given that self-reported 'good health' is lower in Wales compared to other areas of the UK (ONS 2011), with a high level of risky behaviours (Welsh Assembly Government, 2004).

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/health/courses/Pages/Health-Psychology---MSc-.aspx

​Course Content​​

This MSc aims to produce high quality graduates that are in a good position to improve the health of and well-being of people in Wales and beyond by using specific psychological knowledge and skills. The programme is specifically designed with future employability in mind and provides a student centred approach to preparing graduates for future training and careers in health psychology.

Students will complete the following six taught modules along with a dissertation, which consists of an independent piece of research. Placement style dissertations are offered in external settings so that students, who choose to, are able to build experience in the type of settings in which they might later find employment.

- Research Methods and Design:
Equips the student with the qualitative and quantitative research skills necessary to undertake masters level research.

- Biopsychosocial Issues in Health:
Explores the impact of biopsychosocial factors in health

- Health Psychology and the Health Psychologist:
Provides a critical account of the application of health psychology in the community and workplace

- Changing Health Behaviour:
Critically evaluates psychological theories of behavioural change

- Chronic Illness, Stress and Pain:
Critically evaluates theories and models of chronic disease, stress, pain and their management.

- Communication in the Health Care Context:
Develops the students' understanding of effective communication strategies.​

Learning & Teaching​

​The MSc Health Psychology programme includes some formal lectures, but the majority of the programme is taught interactively, with students actively involved in each session. Group work, seminars, presentations and practical workshops all help to engage students and ensure they are developing the knowledge and skills required for stage 1 training in health psychology and also develop the confidence to use what they learn to the benefit of themselves and others.

The MSc Health Psychology programme is taught on two days each week, for full time students, and on one day each week for part time students. Much of the teaching takes place in the Psychology Postgraduate and Research Centre (PARC) which provides computers that students can use for private study and also a social space and kitchen area for students to make use of. PARC also includes a number of cubicles with software and other technology for use in research.

All of the course materials for the Programme are made available via the Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle, there is also a Facebook page and Twitter site (@cardiffhealthps) for the programme.

All students are allocated a personal tutor during their first week on the programme. Personal tutors will initiate a meeting with the students during the first term and will also invite students to come and see them with the PDP (Personal Development Portfolio) folders during term 2. In addition students are more than welcome to make an appointment to see their personal tutor, module leader or programme director whenever they wish. The programme team all adopt an open door policy and welcome students to come and talk to them about any issues related to the course or their welfare at any time.

The MSc Health Psychology programme at Cardiff Met has a partner programme at City Unity College in Athens. It may be possible for students to engage in a visit to our partner programme, to share workshops alongside their Greek counterparts. Last year the university funded 80% of the cost of the trip for 6 students from the MSc Health Psychology programme, and we are hoping that this funding will be available again for the coming year.
The MSc Health Psychology programme is accredited by the BPS and as such constitutes stage 1 training in health psychology. Talks about careers in health psychology, and stage 2 training will be included, as part of the programme and graduates from the programme will provide information about their own experiences and career development.

Assessment

The MSc is assessed by a range of different coursework assignments including literature reviews, research reports, essays, presentations and posters. No exams are used in the assessment for this programme. Assessments are designed to help students develop the skills they will require during their future careers.

Employability & Careers​

An MSc in Health Psychology is the first step (stage one) towards Chartered Psychology status for students who are eligible to hold the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). The MSc in Health Psychology will provide the knowledge base and research skills, which will underpin stage two of the process towards Chartership with the BPS (two years of supervised practice). Completion of stage two with the BPS also confers eligibility to become a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Health Psychologist. All practitioner psychologists are regulated by the HCPC. Health psychologists work in all areas relevant to health, illness and health care delivery.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

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EXCITING NEWS. new pathways and modules have been added to this programme, developed with Oxford Brookes Centre for Rehabilitation, the ARNI Instititute and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Read more
EXCITING NEWS: new pathways and modules have been added to this programme, developed with Oxford Brookes Centre for Rehabilitation, the ARNI Instititute and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

This innovative and dynamic MSc course is appropriate for all health, social care and exercise professionals working with different patient or client groups, adults or children. A strength of the course is the opportunity it provides to work with practitioners from different professions, from different patient and client groups and from a variety of countries which all helps promote a diverse view of rehabilitation.

This course enables practitioners to examine their own rehabilitation practice in light of the analysis of key concepts and theories. The ICF (International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, WHO 2001) - a key framework used internationally to guide rehabilitation practice, research and policy - will be used as a framework throughout the course. This will allow you to focus on rehabilitation from impairment through to activity and participation levels, taking into account contextual factors.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/courses/postgraduate/2015/rehabilitation-musculoskeletal-neurological-posture-management-pathways/

Why choose this course?

- It provides a wide range of teaching and learning strategies, enabling you to develop relevant skills, for example in research and leadership. It offers five pathways: Neurological; Musculoskeletal; Paediatric Neurological; Exercise; Posture Management. (Please note for this pathway, you have to enter with 60 CATS credits from the Posture Management course, offered by the Oxford Centre for Enablement, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust, Oxford.)

- It has a strong practice focus achieved through the way we consistently link theory to practice. You have opportunities to work within the CLEAR unit and engage with the latest rehabilitation research.

- It is structured in such a way that it moves from generic content (PG Cert Rehabilitation) with a focus on rehabilitation concepts, pathophysiological aspects and evidence-based rehabilitation, to pathway-specific (PG Diploma) content. These pathways enable you to focus on rehabilitation generally, relating to your own area of practice through the assessments, and then to focus on pathway-specific modules, which you can relate to your own practice.

- It offers health, social care and exercise professionals highly flexible continuing professional development (CPD) study opportunities in rehabilitation, with part-time, full-time and mixed mode options (including opportunities for e-learning, blended and distance learning).

- Our teaching team is multiprofessional, promoting interprofessional learning and teaching, and offering excellent opportunities for shared learning.

- All of the course team are experienced practitioners, educators and/or researchers in rehabilitation. They have all published articles and books in the area of rehabilitation, and have presented at key rehabilitation conferences. Many of them have reputations for excellence and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international level.

- The faculty has a strong research profile, with experienced researchers working in established areas of cancer care, children and families, drug and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice. The programme links with the Centre for Rehabilitation at Oxford Brookes University which is renowned for its research in to movement science.

- Oxford Brookes is a student-centred institution that is fully committed to each individual being supported to achieve their potential. To support this, we offer a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate learning and development.

- We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.

Please note: this course also has a start date in September and January. There are opportunities to take individual modules as well as a longer award.

Teaching and learning

Teaching, learning and assessment strategies are intended to promote an interprofessional, patient-centred and practice-focused approach to rehabilitation.

Opportunities for interprofessional learning - sharing existing and developing skills, knowledge and experience - are maximised. All teaching, learning experiences and specific assessments is focused on the individual and their rehabilitation programme. If you are not in practice, or not from a health care background, the sharing of knowledge and experience can be of particular value. To make the most of the range of experience, skills and knowledge within the group, a variety of teaching and learning strategies will be employed, including seminars, group work and case studies.

Assessment methods used within the course are varied; they are designed to be stimulating as well as academically rigorous, and are based on your learning needs, individual aims, content, and the academic standards expected for the course. Assessment is based on coursework consisting of academic and reflective essays and case studies.

The course team is committed to providing flexibility, and is exploring ways of offering blended-learning approaches.

Examples of pathways

- Physiotherapist taking the Functional Stroke module to develop their skills and knowledge around exercise and stroke.

- Occupational Therapist taking the Paediatric Pathway working in rehabilitation wanting to develop their expertise and knowledge around children.

- Rehabilitation professionals working with adults and children with neurological disorders taking the paediatric disability module.

- Specialist MS nurse practitioner taking the Long Term Chronic Illness module and then crediting that towards the MSc Neurological Rehabilitation.

- Exercise professional working in a gym taking the Exercise Prescription Module to obtain REPS 4 accreditation.

Careers

This course helps you to develop your own professional practice, enabling you to deal with rehabilitation issues using a critical problem-solving approach based on research and theoretical perspectives and models. This might enable you to move more into a leadership role or a specialist role. Students who have graduated from the course have changed their jobs, for example going into rehabilitation leadership roles or specialist type roles, moving into specialist rehabilitation units or settings, or moving into education or research-type roles.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

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Our innovative MSc Health Psychology programme applies the theories, methods and techniques of psychology to issues of health and illness. Read more
Our innovative MSc Health Psychology programme applies the theories, methods and techniques of psychology to issues of health and illness.

These are integrated into the psychological processes related to the maintenance of health, the promotion of the psychological wellbeing of the physically ill, and the normal and pathological responses to ill health and stress.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

Our MSc Health Psychology programme will equip you with a sound knowledge of theories and practical issues relevant to health psychology.

You will consider the psychological and physiological responses of the individual to ill health, as well as the social and community contexts of health-related behaviours and healthcare systems.

The programme will equip you with a sound knowledge of theories and practical issues relevant to health psychology, in addition to a solid understanding of quantitative and qualitative approaches to research.

The programme, which is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), provides the academic component (Stage One) on the route towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time over two academic years. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Conducting Health Psychology Research
-Chronic Conditions
-Psychological Aspects of Health Care
-Maintaining Health Throughout the Lifespan
-Dissertation
-Qualitative Research Methods
-Quantitative Research Methods
-Preparation for Academic Research in Psychology
-Aspects of Experimental Psychology
-Crafting Research: Linking Theory and Methods
-Ergonomics and Human Factors
-Inquiry and Design
-Psychological Neuroscience: Psychophysics and fMRI
-Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Health Psychology
-Psychology of Sustainable Development

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

The aims of the programme are:
-To provide students with advanced knowledge and understanding of theory and practice in Health Psychology in accordance with the 15 competence requirements pertaining to Stage 1 of the British Psychological Society criteria for achieving Chartered Status in Health Psychology
-To train students in the informed and systematic application of the research-practitioner involving problem analysis and formulation, intervention design and evaluation
-To enable students to harness relevant theory and evidence in the integrated formulation of a wide range of commonly encountered health problems and issues
-To produce students equipped with the basic interpersonal, technical and creative skills required for the effective analysis and formulation of health problems, and for the effective design, implementation and evaluation of health interventions
-To prepare students for professional work pursued in a highly responsible, self-regulated, self- efficacious and politically sensitive fashion
-To facilitate self-reflection in support of personal and professional development via constructive feedback

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:
Knowledge and understanding
-Health psychology as an applied science
-The relevance of theory to professional practice
-Theory and evidence pertaining to the core areas as detailed by the british psychological society: context and perspectives in health psychology, epidemiology in health psychology, biological mechanisms of health and disease, health-related behaviour, health-related cognitions, individual differences, stress, chronic illness/disability, lifespan, gender and crosscultural perspectives, health care contexts, applications of health psychology, research methods, empirical research project, measurement issues and professional issues
-Basic and advanced research design and methods of investigation (qualitative and quantitative), data analysis principles and techniques
-The contemporary economic and political context of health care work
-Place and value of health psychology within an interdisciplinary framework

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Critically assess and comment on both published and unpublished sources of research and commentary on health psychology issues
-Critically weigh up the contributions and limitations of health psychology in addressing various problems and issues
-Analyse and theoretically formulate various problem scenarios and issues pertinent to the practice of health psychology using a range of models and theories consistent with the principle of integrative practice
-Design, conduct and evaluate health psychology research and researchbased health psychology interventions
-Analyse and take into consideration the economic and political context of a health problem or issue in the process of designing and implementing tailormade interventions
-Reflect on particular case examples (hypothetical and real) with a view to informing theory development/elaboration in an iterative fashion

Professional practical skills
-Select, design, implement and evaluate a wide range of research techniques pertinent to research and research-based practice in health psychology
-Acquire some preliminary skill in designing research-based health interventions
-Analyse and interpret quantitative and qualitative data in a competent and critical manner
-Present/communicate their work in a professional manner for both academic, non-academic and business audiences, in both written and verbal (one-to-one, group) formats
-Apply problem-solving strategy and techniques
-Prioritise work, multi-task and manage time under pressure

Key / transferable skills
-Communicate ideas, principles, theories and problem formulations by oral, written and visual means
-Elicit high quality information and data from field sources
-Operate within a problem-solving research-based practitioner framework
-Conduct oneself in a professional (accountable, responsible), self-regulated and constructively critical fashion
-Use interpersonal and social skills as appropriate
-Apply analytical skill in a problem solving context
-Use information technology
-Pursue continuous improvement via self-reflection and other forms of professional and personal development activity

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

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This unique programme accredited by the British Psychological Society aims to equip students to apply the scientific and theoretical principles and ideas of health psychology using a scholarly and critical approach, and to develop the practical skills and knowledge required for employment or research in the field. Read more
This unique programme accredited by the British Psychological Society aims to equip students to apply the scientific and theoretical principles and ideas of health psychology using a scholarly and critical approach, and to develop the practical skills and knowledge required for employment or research in the field.

Degree information

The programme is regularly reviewed by an advisory board including world-renowned experts in health psychology. It provides a thorough grounding in theories, concepts and empirical findings central to current health psychology. Students are encouraged to develop their own area of specialisation, and are given formal training in quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits). Please see departmental website for more details. There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Effective Research Practice
-Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods 1
-Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods 2
-Health-related Behaviours and Cognitions
-Individual, Social and Cultural Perspectives in Health Psychology
-Stress, Mental Health and Ageing
-Chronic Illness from the Health Psychology Perspective
-Health Care and Intervention Delivery

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation written up as a mock paper submission to the British Journal of Health Psychology.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, class exercises, project work, training workshops, journal clubs and hands-on computer-based teaching on statistical analysis techniques. Assessment is through coursework (including critical reviews and essays), one unseen examination and the research project. Students are also offered a short work placement.

Careers

Many graduates of the programme continue with PhD studies, or find work as researchers and other positions allied to psychology, health, illness and healthcare delivery.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Civil Servant, Home Office
-Assistant Health Psychologist, NHS University College London Hospital
-Community Psychologist, Ministry of Health
-Senior Research Nurse, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
-Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, City University London

Employability
Given the academic nature of the programme, our students tend to do exceptionally well securing funded PhD studentships or clinical doctorates. As the focus of the MSc is on improving health care and delivery, many students also take up positions within the public or private healthcare sector.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Health Psychology MSc is run within UCL Epidemiology and Public Health, which houses 13 research groups, of which two – the Health Behaviour Research Centre (HBRC), and the Psychobiology Group – provide direct support to the MSc.

The HBRC is one of the largest health psychology research groups in the UK, and undertakes research aimed at advancing understanding of behaviours that have a major impact on health, and contributing to the development of interventions to promote healthy lifestyles. The Psychobiology Group is a multidisciplinary group concerned with the pathways through which sociodemographic and psychosocial factors influence physical disease processes.

This environment provides students with unique networking opportunities, being taught by specialists in their field, and completing relevant placements in clinical, academic or policy-related settings. In addition, students are also encouraged to integrate themselves into the research groups and networks closely associated with the programme which can provide invaluable real-world research experience and potential collaborations with national and international leaders in health psychology and related disciplines.

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This programme will develop your critical analysis of key issues within health and medicine, health policy and health planning from a social science perspective. Read more
This programme will develop your critical analysis of key issues within health and medicine, health policy and health planning from a social science perspective.

Why this programme

-You will be able to locate health and its determinants, and discuss the role of equality and inequality, category and location and their influence on health.
-You will examine health issues that arise for different population groups and across national boundaries, including social and cultural constructions of health, disability and chronic illness, and global and national health policies.
-You will make a critical analysis of health and its determinants and develop a deep understanding of the influence and role of equality/inequality, demographics and location on health.
-The University is a leading centre of applied and policy related research. This programme brings together expertise in inequalities in health, health and well-being, disability, drugs and addictions, urban health, health economics and the history of medicine.
-You will study quantitative and qualitative social science research methods, using at least one of these in the completion of an original piece of social research.
-You will be taught by experts from the following world-leading centres based at the University: the Institute for Health and Wellbeing, MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit, Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research, Centre for the History of Medicine, Policy Scotland and Centre for Public Policy for Regions.
-The degree is fully interdisciplinary in its structure and content, and is designed to allow you to focus your learning around the global health issues that interest you most.

Programme structure

You will take 3 core and 3 optional courses, as well as complete a dissertation. Teaching will be via lectures, seminars and tutorials. There is also the possibility to take part in project and team work in the UK.

Core courses
-Health and culture
-Health in its social context
-Methods of social research

Optional courses
-Applied qualitative methods
-Cultural, social & biological determinants of mental health
-Developing and evaluating complex interventions
-Epidemiology, evidence and statistics for primary care
-Equality and human rights
-Globalisation and public health
-Health economics
-Health technology assessment: Policy and principles
-Health technology assessment in a global context
-Improving access to mental health care in the global context
-Mental health and disability: International law and policy
-Mental health promotion across the life-span
-Psychosocial approaches to public health
-Qualitative methods
-Social science statistics 1
-Social science statistics 2
-Studies in the history of medicine 1850-2000
-Studies in the history of medicine before 1850
-The disabling society
-Understanding health policy

Career prospects

Career opportunities include positions as health care professionals, health care policy advisors and in public health care systems, the voluntary and third sector.

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This intensive and exciting new programme provides all the same essential skills and knowledge as our well-established undergraduate programme, whilst adding the additional challenges of enhanced knowledge synthesis and primary research to produce academic clinicians equipped to lead and develop the profession. Read more
This intensive and exciting new programme provides all the same essential skills and knowledge as our well-established undergraduate programme, whilst adding the additional challenges of enhanced knowledge synthesis and primary research to produce academic clinicians equipped to lead and develop the profession.

In common with our other modes of Physiotherapy study, the Physiotherapy Masters programme includes over a 1,000 hours of professional practice and will fully prepare you for professional autonomy and excellence in clinical practice.

Successful completion of the Physiotherapy MSc provides eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

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The aim Physiotherapy MSc programme is to prepare you for professional autonomy and excellence in clinical practice. To achieve this aim, the programme provides you with a strong scientific foundation and encourages the development of excellent practical and clinical reasoning skills. All of this is essential for you to safely and effectively treat patients.

The programme also provides you with the means to critically evaluate the effectiveness of your own treatments and those of others – a skill which is vital to continuing evidence-based practice. A sound working knowledge of research methodology provides the basis for this evaluation process and also the tools to develop your own research interests at any stage of your professional career.

In addition, the programme facilitates the development of vital communication skills and soundly embeds the essential core values of professionalism. Indeed the Master's programme aims to produce highly professional graduates with excellent communication skills who are able to function as independent and adaptable clinicians and fully interactive members of the multidisciplinary health care team within a changing health and social care setting.
The College of Health and Life Sciences is located in a new state-of-the-art, purpose built centre. This new building offers an excellent environment for the Physiotherapy Masters course and is complemented by the full range of sporting and leisure facilities to be found on campus.
Successful completion of the Masters programme will enable you to apply for registration to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Successful registration with the HCPC will allow you to practise as a physiotherapist in the UK. Successful completion of the programme will also enable you to become a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP).

Clinical expertise – all academic staff have worked or still work clinically within the London area; this has enabled us to maintain excellent links with key prestigious London hospitals.
Staff research profile; The staff research interests fall into three main themes: 1. The development of clinical guidelines, 2. Systematic reviews on the effectiveness of clinical interventions, 3. Original and contemporary research in many physiotherapeutic areas including chronic illness and chronic pain management. This broad range of research means that a highly skilled staff is able to support Masters students through their own research process.
Review some of the research the physiotherapy team are involved in as part of the Centre for Research in Rehabilitation.
Brunel is able to provide the Master’s student with a rich learning environment; you will share elements of your education with Masters students from other health-related disciplines.

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Clinical Health Psychology fuses the treatment of physical and emotional illness. Focusing on the relationship between psychological variables and biomedical conditions, it deals with the response to physical illness of patients in the health care system. Read more
Clinical Health Psychology fuses the treatment of physical and emotional illness. Focusing on the relationship between psychological variables and biomedical conditions, it deals with the response to physical illness of patients in the health care system. Our students develop skills in research methodology and professional implementation. The programme will be of interest to individuals who are interested in health or counselling psychology and those who have a background in a health care setting.


Why study MSc Applied Clinical Health Psychology at Middlesex?

This MSc provides you with the knowledge and skills relevant to understanding how psychology is applied to the care of the physically ill and how it can maximise the effectiveness of health care delivery. During the course you will study counselling skills; chronic illness and its management; working with patients in the health care system; health-related behaviour, addiction and treatment; public health, health promotion and behaviour change interventions; stress and stress management; and research methods.

This course is intended for those with or without a degree in psychology but without the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) (normally obtained through completing a psychology degree in the UK). Those with GBC may prefer to apply for our BPS accredited MSc Health Psychology, which includes a placement.

Course highlights:

- We have excellent employment results: over 90% of our psychology graduates are employed within six months of completing their degree.
- Our psychology teaching and research facilities are unrivalled. They include fully equipped lecture theatres and tutorial spaces; a pychophysiology laboratory; social observation laboratories; a video editing suite; a virtual reality laboratory; auditory cognition laboratory; and testing cubicles.
- You will benefit from the expertise of our teaching staff who are leading researchers in health psychology and qualitative research.

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Constant modernisation of global health services and continued emphasis on extending roles requires healthcare professionals to be flexible, competent practitioners. Read more
Constant modernisation of global health services and continued emphasis on extending roles requires healthcare professionals to be flexible, competent practitioners. They must be able to cope with change and use complex decision making skills whilst employing a broad knowledge base for clinical practice. This course has been designed for international nurses or allied health professionals who wish to study at an advanced level and respond to these changes.

The course aims to develop your professional and clinical knowledge, skills and attributes so that you can contribute to the contemporary health and social care challenges in your home country. The course has been developed to enhance your applied research skills in addition to your professional clinical knowledge and skills. Your enhanced knowledge and skills will enable you to understand and respond to the pathophysiological, psychological and social processes which underlie our patients, clients and communities experience of illness, health and disease.#

What does this programme offer?
This programme will facilitate your personal and professional development by providing opportunities to develop:

Enhanced clinical skills attractive to employers in a range of clinical environments and roles
Knowledge and skills to enhance your leadership qualities
Understanding of research activity and different methods of research applied to your area of specialisation or interest
Higher-level problem solving skills using critical analysis using appropriate forms of evidence or theory and reflection on practice
Your academic skills through broad Masters level education
Knowledge of contemporary global health challenges such as rising chronic illness
Networks with UK registered nurses, allied health professionals and academics to develop your knowledge of the NHS and UK health systems including primary (community) and acute care
What will I study?
In semester one you will study the programme’s core modules:

Physiology and Pathophysiology: developed to enhance the healthcare professional’s knowledge of the physiological and pathophysiological processes which, together with social and psychological phenomena, underlie health and disease.
Consultation Skills: focuses on communication and using a medical model for taking a clinical history. The consultation is a private and intimate interaction between and this module aims to challenge practice and highlight issues such as effective engagement and barriers to therapeutic communication.
Physical Examination and Diagnostics: designed to equip practitioners with skills including advanced access in general practice, community home visiting, minor illness surgeries, intermediate care and theory of undertaking minor surgery.
In semester two there is an opportunity to study from a wide menu of optional modules which can tailored to your individual interests or role in addition to the core research methodology module.

Optional modules include; renal nursing, epidemiology, introduction to health economics, leadership, quality, innovation and change, accountability in health and social care, ill adult management, diabetes, nutrition, promoting mental health, fundamental principles of risk management, holistic person-centred counselling skills.##

You will need to successfully complete your research dissertation module to be awarded your MSc.

# This programme does not provide UK professional registration with the NMC or HCPC; this can only be achieved through successful completion of an overseas nursing programme.

## Depending on module availability.

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There’s a real opportunity to change the future of patient care. We will nurture this drive for innovation and give you the confidence to become a clinical leader with the power to make a lasting impact on patients’ lives. Read more
There’s a real opportunity to change the future of patient care. We will nurture this drive for innovation and give you the confidence to become a clinical leader with the power to make a lasting impact on patients’ lives.

With UCC’s online MSc Nursing and Healthcare Quality Improvement programme, you’ll work closely with our acclaimed teaching staff to apply the skills essential to successful clinical leadership and delivery of quality evidence-based care. We can help you to develop a personally prosperous and fulfilling future in an employment sector ripe for nursing expertise.

Wherever you want to go with a career in nursing leadership: You can with UCC.

Where can this programme take you?

Globally, there is a severe shortage of nurses with leadership skills and advanced knowledge. If you are looking to transform your career and improve the quality of patient care, an online MSc Nursing and Healthcare Quality Improvement programme will help you realise your goals, wherever you want to go.

To help you develop as a leader and innovator, you’ll work closely with a dedicated specialist supervisor while focusing on one of our five recognised research areas: Maternal & Child Health; Health & Life Experiences During Cancer; Chronic Illness Management or End of Life Healthcare. The programme includes quantitative and qualitative research methods to enhance your nursing skills, which you can effectively put into practice anywhere.

After completing the programme you will be able to:

* Adopt the use of professional electronic portfolio as a mode of lifelong learning
* Enhance nursing practice and healthcare delivery through continuous quality improvement initiatives and innovation
* Execute proficiency at advancing patient/client safety in clinical practice and at organisational level
* Actively engage in collaborative research to enhance nursing and healthcare quality improvements in practice
* Promote the disciplinary knowledge of nursing through application of theory to practice and identification of clinical questions for research
* Assume clinical leadership roles that influence quality improvement in practice and organisational change

Are you just starting your career in nursing? Learn more about our BSc Nursing and Healthcare Quality Improvement programme.

You can with UCC

UCC’s online MSc Nursing and Healthcare Quality Improvement programme offers the kind of supportive teaching, relevant research-led focus and prestige you would expect from a world-leading, award-winning university. These benefits are available anywhere and anytime, thanks to UCC’s innovative, interactive online learning experience.

Established in 1845, UCC has a long history of forward thinking and remains one of the world’s leading universities for innovative research.

To find out more about the online MSc Nursing and Healthcare Quality Improvement programme, complete the form on the right or call the admissions office on 1800 800 139 (Ireland), or 0800 028 9171 (UK), or +353 (0)15 621 081 (International).

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